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El Vez

4.7
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5246 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5246 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pammjy48
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

One of the best Mexican foods around!!!! Outdoor dining in Philadelphia is pretty noisy and hot in the summer, but still worth going. The food and drinks never disappoint you.

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SpurnedinNOLA
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was slow, food decent but overpriced.

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bellbe23
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants. Amazing food, drinks and always a good time. Can't go wrong here.

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vipPatriciaM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cassandra our server was great 👍🏾
The food was delicious.
We miss the crab dip.

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Cliff
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant and hangout. Great guac and margaritas, beautiful people and smart managers that care deeply about service. Consistency and quality, with a diverse and loyal customer base.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food.. chill vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have eaten here numerous times, today the food seemed really salty to me? Maybe just an off day, but as always... top notch service (Thanks Max). Will I be back? Yes it’s one of my favorite places, I suggest the guacamole, and fajitas are excellent also. This past trip my meal came w/refried beans, not impressed, as I stated earlier they were salty, and the Carne Asada Burrito was excellent in flavor but once again I kept getting a really salty flavor. I prefer if possible to sit on the Samson Street side because less people walk by versus the 13th Street side.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience, although I wish the public wasn’t allowed to walk through the eating session. It was very uncomfortable because majority of people did not wear a mask

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nancy
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I did not like my food at all I have been there many times and food was amazing but this time it was not and everyone's food was salty and horrible especially my food. I was very disappointed. Also my waitress was always in a rush when I tried to ask her for something she would answer me while still walking away at the same time. I didn't even get to ask her for everything we needed. And then I asked her for a refill on ny soda and she didn't bring it to me until I was already paying for my food and at that point I didn't want it anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I took myself out on a lunch date and had a great experience! The Fish tacos were delicious! The blood orange margarita is always amazing.

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Mslavone89
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friends and I haven’t gotten together since quarantine. So, we decided to link at our favorite restaurant! I love it!

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Charmaine
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time. Very friendly staff and the manager checked on us after learning about a food allergy. Will definitely visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, awesome waiter

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our one year anniversary at el Vez. The staff was very accommodating and the food is always OUTSTANDING. My favorite place!!

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TableBoy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!
Excellent Food & Drinks! ! !

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an excellent experience here at El Vez! The wait staff were very on top of their game and made sure we were taken care of. As always I had a great time at El Vez and we be going again very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining during Covid had made things interesting but I still had a great time. I started with classic guacamole and chips and Shrimp Tacos for dinner. A must try cocktail is the Tom Wolf margarita. A blend of spice and tequila.

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SethM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had the carnitas tacos. They were fantastic! Seating was pretty clearly makeshift, but overall a great experience. Would recommend.

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Julia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Mexican street corn. Our server was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Not a fan of the time limit written out on table

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vipPhillymedstudent
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrific. Terrible service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very weird (but good) dining experience. Had a table right next to the street which was very noisy. The first table we initially sat at was very unstable, but once we discussed it with our waiter we were moved to another table. Food was good. Drinks....meh. We bought a pitcher of their “Pink Cadillac” marg....it was filled with ice and once we finished it...didn’t feel a thing :( otherwise it was cool. They were very busy and I’m sure it would’ve been better if they didn’t have to accommodate the covid outdoor dining rules.

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LindsayA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! And the service was great. Our first time there and I will be back!

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vipWhitneyS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez is always amazing. And even during Covid it’s amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! It was a bit hot and humid outside so some fans would have been nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Restaurant adhered to new social distancing and cleanliness guidelines well. We appreciated the card on the table indicating when our time would be up as well! It was very helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at El Vez!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time visiting since covid ... missed their food!! Everything was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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mbmcand
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fabulous experience at El Vez! The food is amazing and the Blood O's are O-utstanding. Service was great, as usual. Hats off to the hostess running the outside tables and seating. Consummate professional and no push over, for sure.

All in all, it was the kind of dining experience we expect at El Vez and we have yet to be disappointed.

Patiently awaiting the opening of indoor seating, when we can sit at the bar, which is our preferred way to enjoy the restaurant. The bartenders are fantastic, especially Jen!!

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jessicam
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always. And of course amazing service. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

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CalvinR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was a great server! He was very polite and timely.

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DanaS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great! The only reason I downgraded the ambiance was bc of Covid since you have to eat by the street next to cars and it was a little hot! Overall amazing ☺️

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LaurenB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

El Vez is one of my favorite Places to go! With Covid things are for sure different. By no means am I complaining but here’s a heads up on what to expect... They have expanded seats close to the streets, and that’s where we sat. Not all tables have an umbrella. When it’s hot, it’s HOT. Hard to enjoy your room and drinks being so hot. Forget about getting a pitcher of margs, it will melt FAST! You can’t get salt on the rim of your margarita either. The seats are different too. They are just small metal chairs with no arms on the side. Maybe that’s their norm now and I just haven’t been there for a while. Guac took a while to come out so we decided to order out fajitas as we enjoyed. No lie, our fajitas came out in three minutes. The tiny table we had was no jam packed and my fiancé had to sit with a fajita pan directly in front of him. I think we should’ve been told it would come out so fast. I also was there to celebrate my birthday and that wasn’t acknowledged. Overall food was great as always. Limited menu. Service is ok for them being over worked with lots of tables to manage. Just don’t expect your normal experience. But it was great to get out and have a blood orange marg in my hand!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Love Outside Dining In PHILADELPHIA... I have No Complaints About EL VEZ. The food was fresh the drink was refreshing

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JamalC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food and drinks were great! Not a fan of outdoor dining. I completely understand why. (COVID) we will definitely be back!

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RondaC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I gave the service a 3 stars. We only had 90 minutes at the table, the server allowed us to order a second pitcher of margaritas and then told us once the second pitcher arrived that our time was about to end! The server shouldn’t have allowed us to order the second pitcher, I’m 55 and not interested in taking a to go cocktail in a paper cup😔😔😔😔

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken fajitas were awesome!

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AnnW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Love this restaurant but sitting outside on a noisy, dirty street in the blazing sun, was not enjoyable. Patio umbrellas would be a nice touch!

FAQs

El Vez offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 928-9800.

El Vez is rated 4.7 stars by 5246 OpenTable diners.

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